Allergy Letter from Parents from Laureen Murray

10/28/20
Dear Parent/Guardians of Cripple Creek-Victor School District,

With Halloween parties occurring tomorrow, I want to remind you that we do have students in many grades that have severe peanut/tree nut allergies. As a school, we want to do all we can to support these students and their families who deal with these life-threatening allergies.

There will be signs posted by classrooms that say “Nut Protected Classroom”. There will also be “No Nut Table” in the lunchroom. These tables are not specifically for allergy students, but for any students who do not
have nut products in their lunch.The students may bring peanuts/nuts in their lunchboxes, but must keep the lunchboxes in their cubbies/lockers until lunchtime; then students will be allowed to eat all food
containing peanuts/nuts away from the “No Nut Table” in the lunchroom. All food consumed within a nut-protected classroom must be nut-free; this includes all daily snacks and food for special occasions/parties.

School-wide food bans are discouraged. However, safety and awareness is encouraged. There are many peanut and nut-free items available. The attached list provides some examples. Some ideas for healthy snacks for students with allergies in their classrooms are listed below, for birthday celebrations and other special occasions. If you are unsure about an item, read the ingredient label.

Please remember that hand sanitizer does not remove the proteins that cause allergic reactions off of the surface of hands. Please ensure that your student is washing their hand thoroughly for 20 seconds and scrubbing their
hands.

IDEAS FOR HEALTHY SNACKS


FRUITS, BERRIES and MELONS

  • Fresh, dried, frozen, canned (with no sugar added)
    FRUIT RECIPES
  • apple nachos – thin apple slices with cheddar cheese
  • kabobs with cheese, fruit
  • fruit with lite whipped topping
  • parfait with yogurt, fruit, and granola
  • banana split with low fat, low sugar yogurt
  • fruit shake – blend fresh fruit with milk or yogurt – add cinnamon or nutmeg
  • dried fruit with popcorn and whole grain cereal mixed
    VEGGIES
  • fresh raw veggies (cut in all different shapes) – baby carrots, carrots, cucumber, cauliflower, broccoli
    florets, zucchini, soy beans (edanamie), avocados
  • tomato or V-8 juice

VEGGIE RECIPES

  • celery sticks with cream cheese
  • fresh raw veggies with cottage, low fat ranch, or yogurt dip
  • all kinds of salads

WHOLE GRAINS / BREADS (add carrots, zucchini, pumpkin, bananas, dates, raisins, etc.)

  • pita bread
  • sour dough bread
  • whole grain cereal with at least 3 grams of fiber
  • light popcorn
  • whole grain: pretzels, waffles, crackers, tortillas, bagels, breads, muffins
    WHOLE GRAINS / BREADS – RECIPES
  • pizza – pita or sour dough bread topped with spaghetti sauce, grated cheese, and meat
  • whole wheat tortilla roll up with lean deli meat or cheese
  • quesadillas – whole wheat tortilla with melted cheese and salsa cut into pizza pieces
  • whole grain bagel with cream cheese
  • whole grain cereal mixes (nut-free)
  • low-fat, low-sugar breakfast or granola bars
  • angel food cake topped with fruit
  • rice cakes
    DAIRY
  • natural low-fat cheeses such as cheddar, mozzarella, Colby, string cheese, low-fat cottage cheese
  • low-fat, low-sugar yogurt or yogurt tubes in the fridge or freezer
  • pudding made with low-fat milk
  • skim milk
  • chocolate skim milk

OTHER

  • hard boiled eggs
  • beef jerky

Thank you for helping to make our schools a safer place for all our students. If you have any questions, please
do not hesitate to contact me.

Laureen Murray, RN, BSN Cripple Creek-Victor District School Nurse
Office # (719) 689-9230 extension 2393